219 alcometers distributed by Traffic Directorate

Updated versions to store pics of drunk drivers

In order to prevent road accidents that have been increasing in the state because of drunken driving, the Traffic Directorate has issued 219 new alcometers to City Patrol Unit (CPU), traffic police and police stations in all districts. These new alcometers have updated feature of a 5 mega-pixel camera, which will save the photograph of the person caught, thereafter if the same person is caught again his/ her driving license will be suspended. The cost of one updated alcometer is about Rs 31,494.

Director of Traffic Directorate, Kewal Khurana on Wednesday said, “Earlier traffic police had 262 alcometers which were not sufficient. With the increase in number of traffic violations, it is important for our officers to be equipped with better and updated equipment. These new alcometers have a 5 megapixels feature too, which will save the photograph of the violator. If the same person is caught again his or her driving license will be sent to get suspended.”

He further added, “Officers on duty have also been instructed to take strict action against those who are found driving drunk with the help of these alcometers.”

It is important to mention here that 219 updated alcometers were bought by police headquarters amounting about Rs 68,97,186 including Goods and Services Tax (GST).

In order to effectively prevent road accidents the Traffic Directorate has distributed 219 alcometers across the 13 districts. Dehradun and Haridwar has been issued 40 alcometers each, Udham Singh Nagar and Nanital 30 each, Almora, Pithoragarh, Tehri and Pauri has been issued 10 each, Chamoli, Bageshwar, Champawat and Uttarkashi has been given eight each and Rudraprayag has been issued seven alcometers.

Few places have also been identified by the department where patrolling will be increased. This includes, Mussoorie diversion, Patel Nagar Chowk, Jakhan, Dilaram Chowk and Clock Tower in Dehradun.

Thursday, 16 May 2019 | PNS | Dehradun

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